Shenzhen is No.2 after the sun goes down

Shenzhen is ranked the second most lively night city in China, after Shanghai, according to a nightlife index based on the data provided by China’s ride hailing app Didi-Chuxing and the restaurant review app Dazhong Dianping.

They cite a report from Beijing-based commercial property consultancy firm RET, which looks at eight “nightlife sectors” including bars, cinemas, KTVs, gyms, late-night dining, internet cafes, entertainment and convenience stores. The report studied each sector’s geographical distribution, consumption patterns and operational models. RET said that it hopes the report will provide an understanding on Shenzhen’s evening and night-time economy, which should help in planning future development.

The report concluded that “consumption time has kept expanding into later hours”, which appears to suggest that people are working harder and playing later. Expansion has been spreading from the city center, while “different subcultures” have brought new business ideas and trends for late-night consumption. Technology has become an important driver of all this change, naturally.

Read more here in Chinese.

Comparing the regions

Here is a rough comparison of how the GBA stacks up against the other “Bay Regions” in its weight class.

Greater Bay Area Tokyo Bay Area New York Bay Area SFO Bay Area
Land (km²) 56,000 36,500 21,500 17,900
Pop. (mn) 69.6 44.0 20.2 7.7
GDP
(US$trn)
1.6 1.9 1.7 0.8
GDP Per
Cap. (US$)
23,000 42,000 82,000 102,000
Cargo (TEU) 7,499 773 625 237
Airport Pass. (mn) 200 120 130 80
% of Nat’l
GDP
11.8% 37.6% 9% 4.2%
Services (%
of GDP)
64.9% 82.3% 89.4% 82.8%

The Greater Bay Area: Introduction

Map: bayarea.gov.hk

The long-awaited Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA) masterplan was released on February 18, 2019. As had been expected, the 59-page English translation reads like a broadly ambitious guide to how the region is expected to develop over the coming years, leaving more specific implementation details to be fleshed out by local authorities, albeit under the guidance of the central government.

Although short of detailed prescriptions, the document provides a glimpse into how quickly the region is likely to change in the coming years: by 2035, nine Guangdong cities plus the Hong Kong Kong and Macau SARs (“9+2”) should be the world’s leading “bay area”. This would involve roughly doubling the region’s GDP over the next 15 years, thereby surpassing Greater Tokyo, Greater New York and Greater San Francisco.

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